In English

The Vastavirta (countercurrent) Festival is a collaborative concept of varied civil society organizations. The festival has been held roughly every second year for the last ten years. It is facilitated by the Democratic Civic Association (DSL), the European Left (EL), and the Communist


Saturday 25.8.


FinnCycling-Soumi-Perkele! Vol. 2

10.00-16.00, room 23

Participating video installation by visual artist Martta Tuomaala. Rhythms of the Finnish rap and comments of political climate of Finland especially about prime minister Sipilä. The music is played by Terttu Järveläka aka Ladybug and the APROX. and R. Liininen.


Society is transformed by co-operacion

11.00 – 14.00, Hall

Discussion about the possibilities of new activation, the power of co-operation and opportunities for co-operation.

Tiina Sandberg, Force united

Marga Ferrè, Spanish Women’s Strike

Anni Rolig, No play money

Conducted by Anna Koskela


TSIL 70 years

11.00 – 11.15, room 35

Kaija Kiessling, vice chair person of TSIL


Screenings about Palestine and Western Sahara

11.00 – 14.00, room 23

3 stolen cameras is a short documentary film about the struggle of a group of young saharawi journalists filming the repression in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

5 broken cameras is a documentary on a palestinian farmer’s chronicle of his non violent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.

The documentaries will be followed by a Q&A.


What is an Disability Association TSIL?

Where do our local associations work?

11.15 – 12.15, Room 35

Jorma Eloranta, Honorary Chairman of the Turku Association

Executive Director of the Sari Laiho Federation


Counseling Point – Do You Know Your Rights?

12.00 – 14.00, room 35

Advisers to TSIL associations

Anneli Palo, Oulu

Henri Rauhala, Turku


An alternative to SOTE madnes

12.00 – 14.00 Auditorium

Juhani Lehto, Emeritus Professor of Social and Health Policy

Benefits Specialist Maija Wilksman

Olli Savela, senior actuary

Yrjö Hakanen assembled the pamphlet on the SOTE and land reform

Chairman of the discussion, Liisa Taskinen, Senior Health Service Officer at Kotka Health Center


Vähäjärvi holiday home – an unobstructed and cozy oasis for everyone

12.30 – 13.30, room 35

Presentation, tastes and value

Kari Raatikainen, Head of Vähäjärvi


How do the services for the disabled worked before and how they work now?

Does the law work?

14.00 – 15.00, room 35

Aino Laine, member of the federal government of TSIL

Elina Nykyri Left Aliance, Disability Forum

Sari Laiho TSIL’s Operations Director


Is the labor movement society’s locomotive?

14.00-16.00, Auditorium

Heidi Nieminen, Post and Logistics Union Chair person of the PAU

Anna Kontula, MP, Member of the Left Alliance, Arjo Suonperä Master of Laws and memeber of CPF’s union WG

Jonas Mithiku, Counter-Force activist

The chairman of the debate, Topi Saksala, ay-activist


AGNETA activists conversation

14.00 – 16.00, room 23

We will watch the Swedish film director Patrik Witkwski’s documentary ”Agneta”, hear the commentary comments requested and discuss what is to be activist in Finland.
Preliminary commentary: Outi Popp, Aura Kaskisydän, Krister Karttunen and Kai Sadinmaa.

The event’s facilitator is JP (Juha-Pekka) Väisänen, conceptual artist, SKP Chair


Democratic Confederalism

A New Hope For A Democratic Society

14.00-16.00, room 33 B

The Kurdish Democratic Community Center


Is the ghost of communism still haunting in the 2020s: Marx 200, Communist manifest 170, Capital 150, CPF 100 years

16.00 – 18.00, auditorium

Keijo Lakkala, philosopher and doctoral dissertation

Hannu Eerikäinen, FT

Heli Pohjanhovi, Senior Research Librarian and SKP Environmental WG

Leader of the event, Reijo Rinne, DI, member of the SKP Environmental WG and Helsinki District Committee


Three perspectives on Palestinian problems and assistance

16.00 – 18.00, Room 23

Sirkku Kivistö, Co-ordinator for Development Cooperation of Arab Friendship Society

Jarmo Korhonen, EAPPI volunteer

Antti Seppänen, PAND artists for peace, chairman, dance artist


Militarization of the Baltic Sea – A world without atomic power and weapons

16.00 – 18.00, room 33 B

Lea Launokari, NAV’s co-author

Militarizing the Baltic Sea is a threat to world peace

Ulla Klötzer, co-author of the NRP, teacher and facilitator of the event


Sunday 26.8.


FinnCycling-Soumi-Perkele! Vol. 2

10.00-16.00, room 23

Participating video installation by visual artist Martta Tuomaala. Rhythms of the Finnish rap and comments of political climate of Finland especially about prime minister Sipilä. The music is played by Terttu Järveläka aka Ladybug and the APROX. and R. Liininen.


Meeting of people

10 am – 4 pm, room 33 B

Workshop for new Opportunities for popular Co-operation in elections


Social dimension of European union

10.00 – 12.00, auditorium

Heikki Patomäki, professor of world politics


Heikki Männikkö, Popular front against EU

Arjo Suonperä, chairman, Alternative for the EU – inform center


Marx, culture and art – what it means in class struggle

12.00 – 14.00, hall

Minna Henriksson, artist

Raija- Sinikka Rantala, writer and head of theater

Panayiotis Neufelt, director of theater

JP (Juha-Pekka) Väisänen, consept artist, chairperson of CPF


Basic income – Guaranteed income – Basic security 1200

12.00 -14.00, auditorium

Jiri Sironen, president of EAPN-Fin

Heikki Ketoharju, CPF, chairperson of Helsinki district,

Iiris Suomela, Green youth


Fight for Peace – debate in English about cinema of solidarity and status of political film-making today

14.00-16.00 o’clock in the Auditorium

Nagehan Uskan, film critic, artistic director of Istanbul Silent Cinema Day, board member of Which Human Rights? film festival and the ”Documentarist”.

Uskan is currently working on Kurdish documentary cinema in Turkey.


A Comparison between the occupations of Palestine and Western Sahara

14.00 – 16.00, room 35

Syksy Räsänen, chair of ICAHD Finland

Erik Hagen, chair of WSRW

Toti Alva, volunteer Friends of Western Sahara


Against Fascism in public

14.00 – 16.00, hall

Tiago Silva, WG of immigration, CPF

Petra Packalén, editor of chief of Tiedonantaja


Saturday and Sunday


R e c o r t e s // L e i k k a u k s e t // b o d ( I E S)

La Colectiva Exhibition

Saturday-Sunday 10-16 o´clock

Exhibition is free and open for everybody. Welcome!

Artists; La Colectiva; Martina Miño Pérez, Ana Gutieszca, Roxana Crisólogo Correa and Rosamaria Bolom.

Sezgin Boynik, Rab Rab activist-journalist and theoretician


Exhibition of Peace

Taiteilijat rauhan puolesta, PAND


Revolucion Sandinista

photos from Nicaraguasta


Playroom for children 33 A

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